Happy 25th Birthday, Game Boy ⊟
What a great system you were. This artwork from Eliran Cohen reminds me so much of my experience with the Game Boy, absolutely immersed in whatever I was playing, no matter where I was.
If you haven’t read it yet, USgamer published a wonderful article celebrating the Game Boy, which JC and I contributed to. Here’s a scrap I wrote for it:
My memories playing Game Boy remain vivid, and remembering them now, you couldn’t have them with a home console. Backtracking around Metroid II during a long, turbulent flight over the Pacific. Having my mind blown when I first started Final Fantasy Adventure in the back of my aunt’s Monte Carlo, when your hero gets thrown off the cliff. Jumping through Elec Man’s stage in Dr. Wily’s Revenge, in between eating chicken nuggets at a Chinese food restaurant while my mom gossiped with her friends.
I still return to Link’s Awakening every few years, spending an afternoon by a window. I’m always trying to recapture the days I’d explore Koholint Island, hiding under the dinner table, hidden so no one could bother me and break the immersion but peeking out just enough so the sun could still warm my skin. If I could still fit in them, I’d probably try playing games in a laundry hamper again, too.
Feel free to share your Game Boy memories and birthday wishes!
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My parents never allowed me to have video games. My friends had them of course, and would give me their extra GameBoy and a game they didn’t feel like playing. I would try and hide these in my room, but my parents always found them and threw them away.
When I got my first job in high school, I imported a turquoise blue Nintendo DS from Lik-Sang and showed my mom, proud that I bought it with my own money and she couldn’t take it away from me.